The Truth About Youth
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|The Truth About Youth|
|Directed by||William A. Seiter|
Henry V. Esmond
B. Harrison Orkow
|Music by||Leo F. Forbstein
|Cinematography||Arthur C. Miller|
|Edited by||Fredrick Y. Smith|
|Distributed by||First National|
|November 3, 1930|
The Truth About Youth is a 1930 all-talking pre-code drama with songs produced and distributed by First National Pictures, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. The film stars Loretta Young, Conway Tearle, David Manners and Myrna Loy. It was based on the 1900 play, entitled When We Were Twenty-One, written by Henry V. Esmond.
Conway Tearle has raised David Manners since childhood. Manners was the son of Tearle's close friend and Tearle promised him that he would take care of his son before he died. Tearle plans that Manners will marry the daughter of his housekeeper, who is played by Loretta Young. Young, however, has no interest in Manners and is in love with Tearle. The film begins on the day of Manner's twenty-first birthday. Tearle is planning a surprise birthday party. Manners, however never shows up as he has gone to a nightclub to see his new girlfriend, a notorious gold-digger, played by Myrna Loy, who sings and dances at the nightclub under the name of The Firefly. Manners returns home in the early hours of the morning drunk and carelessly drops a note from his Loy on his way to his room. Early the next day, the housekeeper finds a love note that Manners had dropped and shows it to Young. Young, being extremely upset, shows the note to Tearle. Since the note is addresses to Richard, which happens to be both Tearle's and Manner's first name in the film, he acts quickly and pretends that the note is his as he does not want this note to destroy his marriage plans for Manners and Young. Young is extremely upset, as she is in love with Tearle. When confronted with the note by Tearle, Manners gets upset and plans to elope to Loy. Manners leaves the house and proposes marriage to Loy, who accepts because she thinks he is rich. After the marriage, when Loy discovers he is poor she gets extremely angry and tells him that she never wants to see him again. Meanwhile, Tearle, not knowing that Loy has already married Manners, goes to meet Loy. He offers her five thousand dollars to pretend to be his lover in public. She accepts the money and when Young arrives at the nightclub she almost cries when she witnesses Loy's attentions to Tearle and immediately leaves the nightclub. Later on, Manners also arrives and is heartbroken to find his wife has sold herself a day after their wedding. Manners goes home and confesses everything to Young and she, realizing the truth, confesses her love for Tearle when he returns. They embrace as Tearle confesses his love for her also.
- Loretta Young as Phyllis Ericson
- Conway Tearle as Richard Carewe
- David Manners as Richard Dane
- Myrna Loy as Kara
- J. Farrell MacDonald as Colonel Graham
- Myrtle Stedman as Mrs. Ericson
- Harry Stubbs as Horace Palmer
- "Playing Around" (Sung by Myrna Loy)
- "I Have to Have You" (Sung by Myrna Loy)
The film survives intact at the Library of Congress and has been broadcast on both television and cable (e.g., TCM). On home video it is available from Warner Archive Collection sharing space with another Loretta Young film The Right of Way.
- Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at the Library of Congress page 190 c.1978 by The American Film Institute